Thursday, August 23, 2012


* Israel says a million Palestinians allowed in over Ramadan Israel allowed "more than a million" Palestinians through its roadblocks to pray at the mosques of Jerusalem and paddle in the Mediterranean over Ramadan.

* Hezbollah drill prepares to 'occupy the Galilee' Over 10,000 Hezbollah fighters participated in the organization's largest military exercise to date last week.

* Brotherhood taking total control of Egypt While the world persists in looking for signs of pragmatism in the Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsy is quietly taking over all the power bases in the country.

* Muslim Brotherhood: Israel's the One that Violated Peace Mohammed Jamal Arfa, a senior Egyptian journalist linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, has launched a frontal attack on Israel.

* Hamas Planning to Declare Statehood In Gaza Fatah officials are closely following reports emanating from Gaza.

* Lebanon clashes: Fresh clashes breach truce in Tripoli Fresh clashes have erupted in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, breaching a truce agreed by local leaders on Wednesday.

* U.S. has plans in place to secure Syria chemical arms The Pentagon has made contingency plans to send small teams of special operations troops into Syria if the White House decides it needs to secure chemical weapons.

* NBC gets no Romney campaign help on Mormon special NBC News unsuccessfully went back to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to request an interview for this week's prime-time special on the Mormon faith.

* Defying calls from U.S., Israel, UN chief plans visit to Tehran UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to attend a summit meeting of leaders of non-aligned developing nations in Tehran next week.

* Euro sign scultpures in Frankfurt face uncertain future The two large blue and yellow euro sign sculptures, one located outside the European Central Bank in Frankfurt and another recently taken down by Frankfurt Airport, are facing uncertain futures.